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October 21 @ 17:30 - 19:00

GTI Awards 2021 & Conclusions

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By disseminating knowledge and best practices we accelerate the sustainability and self-sufficiency of islands and remote locations, acting as a catalyst in relations between private and public stakeholders. Islands are laboratories of innovation and indeed can indicate the path to decarbonization to the mainland. The 7th Greening the Islands Awards, with applications from islands’ administrations all around the world related to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Mobility, Water, Waste, Agriculture, Sustainable tourism, Governance & Inclusion, are the occasion to identify and disseminate innovative and replicable best practices in the field of sustainability. The prestigious jury will evaluate the best projects, call attention to the importance of replicating best practices and explain how they can be divulgated in terms of policy and communications.

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17.30   Introduction & Moderation

  • Gianni Chianetta – Founder & Director, Greening the Islands


17.35   Presentation of GTI Awards 2021 winners

  • Winner GTI Awards Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Winner GTI Awards Sustainable Mobility
  • Winner GTI Awards Water
  • Winner GTI Awards Waste
  • Winner GTI Awards Agriculture
  • Winner GTI Awards Governance & Inclusion

18.30   Debate with representatives of the GTI’s Jury

  • Amjad Abdulla – Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Amani Alfarra – Water officer at FAO in the Land and Water Division
  • Joseph Borg – President of INSULEUR (the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union)
  • Kate Brown – Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership
  • Edita Dranseikaite – Policy Officer, DG ENERGY, European Commission
  • Michela Miletto – Deputy Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
  • Georges Kremlis – Honorary Director – European Commission, in charge for DGENV of circular economy and islands
  • Eddy Paris – Representative – Government Aruba to the EU as well as OCTA ExCo President
  • Sai Navoti – Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA
  • John Portelli – Professor Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Giovanni Ruggieri – President – Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)


19.00 Group Photo



October 21
17:30 - 19:00
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Greening the Islands